Forgive me, Lord, for looking to the world to satisfy me. My heart is prone to wander. Teach me to seek only You.
Open my eyes, that I may see glimpses of truth thou hast for me. Place in my hands the wonderful key that shall unclasp and set me free. – From “Open My Eyes, That I May See” by Clara H. Scott (1895)
This old hymn reminds us that God doesn’t leave us stumbling around in the dark when we’re seeking Him. Take a moment to sing Cara H. Scott’s classic work, and notice what she asks God: “Open my eyes … Open my ears … Open my mouth … Open my heart.”
Though sometimes it may feel like we’ve wandered too far and are looking in futile places, God reminds us that He equipped us with senses and tools that we can turn toward Him. He gave us our eyes; when we ask Him to open them, He leads us toward freedom. He gave us our ears; and while they might be bombarded with distracting noise from the world, when we ask Him to open them, He will whisper to us, “This is the way, walk in it,” (Isaiah 30:21). And when we wait on Him in grateful anticipation, He will open our mouths and hearts, and joyful praise will spill out.